Need a Great Baby Gift?

Especially around springtime, it seems like everyone knows someone who is having a baby. If you’ve established yourself as the person who gives handmade gifts in your social circle (or if your social circle, like mine, is comprised mainly of fellow crafters) you might be getting tired of knitting the same baby gifts over and over. Baby blankets, booties, and hats are great gifts, but it’s nice to switch it up every once in a while to keep yourself interested.

You might have admired her projects in past and present Knitscene issues, but this time Allyson Dykhuizen is here to rescue you from your baby gift-induced knitting slump with her new video workshop Knitted Baby Sweaters: Learn the Basics, Plus Pockets, Stripes and More! I can’t tell you how many times my coworkers have walked by my desk while I’ve been working on this video, stopped in their tracks, and said, “Those sweaters are SO cute!” I’ve even joked about making one for each of our videographers, each with a different animal theme.

This workshop is also great if you’ve felt hesitant about starting a sweater for yourself or another adult. The pattern, all that yarn, plus the schematics and measurements involved in knitting your first sweater might seem a little daunting. By practicing on a low-commitment project like a baby sweater, you’ll practice techniques like top-down raglan shaping, adding sleeves, incorporating stripes, adding a hood, kangaroo pockets, and more with no pressure. Size, achieving a perfect fit, and shaping to flatter a specific body type are not crucial on a baby garment, making them great for beginners.

Check out Allyson Dykhuizen’s video, Knitted Baby Sweaters: Learn the Basics, Plus Pockets, Stripes and More to discover everything you need to know about creating an adorable, unique baby shower gift for all your family and friends.


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